The tagline, “Malaysia, Truly Asia” has genuinely worked its charm on many tourists. The high number of foreigners visiting the country every year is an evidence of that. The Asian continent is a big source of fascination and wonder for explorers. And Malaysia is a great starting point. In fact, Malaysia is an ideal starting point before you head out to explore the less developed, more adventurous and cultural areas. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital is as developed and modern as any European or western metropolitan. But then there are also cities that are less modern and more cultural, thereby even more interesting to visit for travelers. Malaysia is not cheap per say but if you come from the European or western part of the world, you will not find it expensive. To make the trip even cheaper, you can redeem or sell airline miles. And if you stay in a hostel, you can easily manage a very inexpensive, yet exiting vacation. In this article, listed below are the top tourist attractions in Malaysia.
- Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple, Ipoh City
Ipoh city is relatively less touristy and it is normally used as a getaway to the famous Cameron highlands. But the city itself has much to offer. One amazing spot is the Kek Lok Tong Cave temple. The Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur may be more popular and well-known, but this cave temple is definitely more peaceful, fascinating and well kept. The rock formations, stalagmites, miniature art and statues are a sight to behold. Close-by is a Zen Garden, which offers scenic views and fills the soul with serenity.
- Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
To visit this iconic tourist attraction, you must get ready to deal with the crowds and make sure you are fit enough to climb close to 300 stairs. And no, climbing them in the capital city’s humid temperature is no easy achievement. But hey, the reward is fulfilling. You get to visit the bat caves and the unique temple on the top.
- Cameron Highlands, Pahang
A two hour drive from Ipoh City, the Cameron Highlands district in Pahang is truly beautiful. If you love nature, mountains and greenery, this is an ideal location. The highlands covered with thick plantation offer serene views as you drive up. Along the way, you make short stops to enjoy the strawberry farms, lavender gardens and tea plantations. Within the highlands are some of the most unique plant species including the giant Rafflesia. Rafflesia is said to be the biggest flower in the world. It grows on the floor of Cameron highlands as well as the rainforests in Borneo. It is a one of a kind flower, only found in Malaysia. The scenic drive and cool temperature of Cameron Highlands is a welcome change, especially if you are visiting this area after the humidity of Kuala Lumpur.
- Kinabalu National Park, Sabah
Sabah’s beaches are not its only attraction, Borneo Island’s rainforests are equally beautiful and popular. To enjoy the rainforest hikes and greenery, Kinabalu National Park is the perfect location. Within the park are hiking trails that take you through thick plantations, with occasional sightings of small streams and waterfalls. Amidst the bird chirping and insect sounds, travelers get lost in a world of their own. You are as close to nature as it can get. The park is only a 2 hour ride away from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah. Along the way, you also get to witness the majestic and magnificent Mount Kinabalu.
- Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Kota Kinabalu
To enjoy the true beauty of Malaysian beaches, Sabah state is a must visit. A two hour flight from Kuala Lumpur takes you to the capital city of Kota Kinabalu. From here you get to visit the Tunku Abdul Rahman National park which comprises of five breathtaking islands. Boats rides connect all five islands. Langkawi is more popular, crowded and known area in Malaysia for beaches but the beaches in Sabah are in a league of their own. The water is in three shades of blue. Snorkeling is truly a delight at any of the islands in Tunku National park due to the clear water and colorful reefs underneath. It costs more to get to Kota Kinabalu from Kuala Lumpur as compared to Langkawi but the outcome is worth every dime.
Malaysia has it all, from greenery, mountains, modern malls, fancy restaurants, fun street food to gorgeous beaches and friendly locals. It reflects all that makes Asia so wonderful to explore. Start planning your trip now if you haven’t already!